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Cult of the false prophet: Joe Farah, the Book of Revelation & Birthers who just won't go away
The National Post ^ | May 5, 2010 | Jonathan Kay

Posted on 05/05/2010 9:24:06 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Almost two years after Barack Obama released a copy of his birth certificate -- proving that he was brought into this world on Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu -- "Birther" conspiracy theorists continue to claim that America's 44th president was born in Kenya (or Indonesia, or who knows where), and so is constitutionally ineligible to assume the role of U.S. president. A few weeks ago, the Arizona House actually passed a Birther-inspired provision requiring U.S. presidential candidates to prove they meet constitutional requirements. That proposal was withdrawn, but similar laws are being promoted by Republican lawmakers in other jurisdictions.

Since the Birther movement refuses to die, it's worth examining the roots of the phenomenon -- beginning with the website that has done more than any other to advance their conspiracy theory.

A concise way to describe WorldNetDaily is that it defines the exact inflection point on the spectrum of right-wing punditry where legitimate journalism ends and out-and-out conspiracism begins. On one hand, the popular website employs a staff of professional reporters who cover real stories. But it also pushes discredited conspiracy theories about Barack Obama and has become a clearing house for litigious wingnuts.

The brain behind WorldNetDaily is Joseph Farah, a middle-aged Arab-American Christian Evangelical who originally made a name for himself two decades ago as editor of The Sacramento Union. He began WorldNetDaily on a shoestring in 1997, and has since grown it into a profitable agglomeration of right-wing columns, original investigative articles, oddball product pitches, gold-buggery and an affiliated book-selling business. The ideology on display roughly coincides with the nativist, socially conservative right-wing fringe of the Republican Party, but with an even heavier dose of paranoia and freaked-out America-gone-to-Gomorrah sensationalism.(continued)

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalpost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: birthcertificate; birthers; certifigate; farah; josephfarah; naturalborncitizen; obama; obamanoncitizenissue; pravdamedia; saulalinsky; usurper; wnd; yellowjournalism
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Dear Leader's even got the Canadians covering for him.

5 page article.

1 posted on 05/05/2010 9:24:06 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Fred Nerks; null and void; stockpirate; george76; PhilDragoo; Candor7; rxsid; ...

ping


2 posted on 05/05/2010 9:26:52 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 468 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Has Obama shown his birth certificate to Michelle yet?

She still thinks he was born in Kenya.


3 posted on 05/05/2010 9:28:45 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Almost two years after Barack Obama released a copy of his birth certificate

You need to read no further beyond this unsupported assertion. The authenticity of the "birth certificate" released remains in question. A responsible journalist would explore or justify a questionable assertion.

4 posted on 05/05/2010 9:29:06 AM PDT by olezip
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, sure, I’d like to see his original birth certificate.

I’d also like to know what citizenship he claimed in college, and what passport he traveled on when he went to Pakistan.

But technically speaking none of that matters, because his pa wasn’t a citizen. That means that while he may (or who knows, may not) be a native-born American he isn’t natural born. Which means the first thing we have to do after we get him out of office is repeal everything he did while in office, every appointment, regulation, every piece of legislation. All of it.


5 posted on 05/05/2010 9:29:22 AM PDT by marron
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And they lie in the first sentence. Sorry excuse for journalism.


6 posted on 05/05/2010 9:30:30 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: olezip

What is this “responsible journalist” thing you speak of?


7 posted on 05/05/2010 9:30:52 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/backroom/2312894/posts?page=242)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Almost two years after Barack Obama released a copy of his birth certificate

Start with a lie and just keep spinning...

8 posted on 05/05/2010 9:31:07 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The hysteria of Matthewsism and Andersonism has led to a Tea Party Scare that is unAmerican.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

"HULLY GEE! YELLOW JOURNALISM IS FUN!"

9 posted on 05/05/2010 9:32:17 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The hysteria of Matthewsism and Andersonism has led to a Tea Party Scare that is unAmerican.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Almost two years after Barack Obama released a copy of his birth certificate ...

The opening words of the article. There isn't even a fig leaf of objectivity. Of all the things that O-evil may have released, whether gaseous or solid in nature, a copy of his birth certificate ain't one of 'em.

10 posted on 05/05/2010 9:32:40 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: a fool in paradise

It keeps their jobs for them. Of course, to work they have to sacrifice truth and integrity.


11 posted on 05/05/2010 9:33:38 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t recall all of these liberals taking Trufers to task for believing and spinning 9-11 conspiracy theories. Hillary herself proclaimed “BUSH KNEW!”.

Suck on soap, liberals.


12 posted on 05/05/2010 9:33:47 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The hysteria of Matthewsism and Andersonism has led to a Tea Party Scare that is unAmerican.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The guy is a fraud through and through. For anyone that still thinks he is qualified. Then please open your mind and look at this below. Then tell me how I’m wrong.

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TheDrRJP#p/u/1/f2-2E65uFHM

13 posted on 05/05/2010 9:34:34 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
A few weeks ago, the Arizona House actually passed a Birther-inspired provision requiring U.S. presidential candidates to prove they meet constitutional requirements. That proposal was withdrawn, but similar laws are being promoted by Republican lawmakers in other jurisdictions. Since the Birther movement refuses to die,

The movement would END if he would show his long form certicate which such legislation would force.

There are others would argue that his mom does not meet age requirements for his bi-national birth to be "natural born" citizenship. That is something to be decided in the courts. But that is not the question of WHERE he was born.

14 posted on 05/05/2010 9:35:44 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The hysteria of Matthewsism and Andersonism has led to a Tea Party Scare that is unAmerican.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Almost two years after Barack Obama released a copy of his birth certificate -- proving that he was brought into this world on Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu

I'm from Missouri - SHOW ME the birth certificate that has WHAT HOSPITAL baby Barack was born in!

These anti-birthers must have the IQ of a mushroom because they can't figure out why this issue lives on. Obama has NOT provided his birth certificate that has his hospital of birth!

15 posted on 05/05/2010 9:35:57 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am a birther.

Show me a birth certificate.
Show me the Kenyan’s college transcripts.


16 posted on 05/05/2010 9:36:35 AM PDT by y6162
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This p*sses this Canadian right off. They are a Toronto (pure red Liberal) publication. Just remember that. CO


17 posted on 05/05/2010 9:39:31 AM PDT by Canadian Outrage (Conservatism is to a country what medicine is to a wound - HEALING!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Slanted, thoughtless garbage with not an original thought. DNC press releases read better.


18 posted on 05/05/2010 9:45:34 AM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama identifies himself as "native born," not a natural-born citizen.

Obama claims he traveled alone from Indonesia to Hawaii and cleared customs at the age of 10.

If Barry Soetoro was identified as an abandoned or orphaned Indonesian child with American grandparents living in Hawaii, the US State Department would have expedited refugee status documentation, provided travel and an employee escort to ensure his safety and ability to clear customs.

Refugee status would also explain his Connecticut return address for his Social Security Number. An American Refugee Resource organization would keep all of Obama’s legal paperwork and file his SSN application on his behalf. The ARO was probably located in Connecticut.

19 posted on 05/05/2010 9:49:49 AM PDT by SvenMagnussen (My UPS driver should try deodorant.)
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To: marron

There is another fact that the liberals overlook.....every hospital, clinic and anywhere a baby would have been delivered on that day and there is no record in all of Hawaii!


20 posted on 05/05/2010 9:51:24 AM PDT by NBCforSure (!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"That proposal was withdrawn"

WHY?

21 posted on 05/05/2010 9:52:48 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What is this “responsible journalist” thing you speak of?

Responsible journalism is a thing of the past for our State-controlled media. You might find it in certain publications in Great Britain, and in the USA where substance is addressed.

What we mean by substance is that the issue is described; several sides are presented; the reader actually can decide for himself or herself. What a novel thought!

22 posted on 05/05/2010 9:56:14 AM PDT by olezip
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

Has Obama shown his birth certificate to Michelle yet?

She still thinks he was born in Kenya.

___________________________

So does his Grandma - Sarah Obama.


23 posted on 05/05/2010 9:56:34 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (PALIN/MCCAIN IN 2012 - barf alert? sarc tag? -- can't decide)
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To: y6162; Canadian Outrage
Show me the Kenyan’s college transcripts.

That will peel the veneer right off this ghost of a POTUS.

Your friendly Ghoster

24 posted on 05/05/2010 10:03:42 AM PDT by melancholy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Birther" conspiracy theorists continue to claim that America's 44th president was born in Kenya

This body of individuals including, of course, members of the Kenyan parliament, and Pres__ent Obama's own family in Kenya.

25 posted on 05/05/2010 10:07:12 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (We bury Democrats face down so that when they scratch, they get closer to home.)
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To: SvenMagnussen

Did Obama identify himself as a U.S. Citizen or a legal alien on his SSN Application?


26 posted on 05/05/2010 10:07:28 AM PDT by SvenMagnussen (My UPS driver should try deodorant.)
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To: olezip
You need to read no further beyond this unsupported assertion. The authenticity of the "birth certificate" released remains in question. A responsible journalist would explore or justify a questionable assertion.

That, and what was shown was, IIRC, a "certificate of live birth", a document that could be obtained for a child after one year of residency in the state.

27 posted on 05/05/2010 10:08:28 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (We bury Democrats face down so that when they scratch, they get closer to home.)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

Has Obama shown his birth certificate to Michelle yet?

She still thinks he was born in Kenya.””
Bingo...


28 posted on 05/05/2010 10:09:05 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Where’s your [Barf Alert]. When I got to “gold buggery” in the 4th paragraph, I saw the writer indulged a sophomoric mixed metaphor in order to connect Farah to what — a gay Midas fantasy?

I can see this “writer” spontaneously breaking out in snickers throughout the day over “teabaggers” even as he envies Anderson Cooper for having hurled the slander first. “Gold-buggery” is now his futile stab at quicky fame.


29 posted on 05/05/2010 10:09:42 AM PDT by Avoiding_Sulla (Yesterday's Left = today's status quo. Thus "CONSERVATIVE": a conflicted label for battling tyranny.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Almost two years after Barack Obama released a copy of his birth certificate.".......

First sentence out of the gate........1.)discredited, 2.) Epic Fail, 3.)read no further.

30 posted on 05/05/2010 10:12:23 AM PDT by urtax$@work (The best kind of memorial is a Burning Memorial.........)
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To: Sprite518

>The guy is a fraud through and through.<

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And most culpable are the three branches of government who do not question 0’s identification but keep it a secret from the American people. They rather serve Obama than the American people who pay their outrageously high wages for what they do.

Government is NOT on our side.


31 posted on 05/05/2010 10:12:46 AM PDT by 353FMG (Islam -- America's road to destruction.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What will be interesting is Joe Farah’s response.


32 posted on 05/05/2010 10:25:55 AM PDT by urtax$@work (The best kind of memorial is a Burning Memorial.........)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

None of this would be neccesary if it were not for dims cheating at every turn.


33 posted on 05/05/2010 11:09:57 AM PDT by mapmaker77
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It was the AP news and NPR that started the question when they first stated 6 years ago that he was born in Kenya.


34 posted on 05/05/2010 11:29:56 AM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Almost two years after Barack Obama released a copy of his birth certificate

Sorry, I couldn't get past the first lying sentence. Look at this as good news. After two years, it hasn't gone away and there's growing numbers of voters who are demanding answers. They tried playing the old, "if you tell a lie enough times, it will become the truth" but it isn't working.

35 posted on 05/05/2010 11:34:06 AM PDT by bgill (how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the POTUS)
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To: SvenMagnussen
Refugee status would also explain his Connecticut return address for his Social Security Number

Another thing to make you go, hmmm.

36 posted on 05/05/2010 11:38:14 AM PDT by bgill (how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the POTUS)
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To: Responsibility2nd; <1/1,000,000th%

So does the Kenyan Parliament.

See my tag line.


37 posted on 05/05/2010 11:40:28 AM PDT by bgill (how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the POTUS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Barack Obama released a copy of his birth certificate

The lie that just won't die.

Besides, his (supposed) father's status in 1961 as a subject of the British crown completely disqualifies him. The BC is relevant but unnecessary.

38 posted on 05/05/2010 12:08:24 PM PDT by katana (Part Neanderthal, and proud of it!)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

Michelle Obama: Kenya is Obama’s Home Country
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLDHDfPNBME


39 posted on 05/05/2010 12:21:09 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (We knew deep down it was this bad. Devour ugly truths with glee -- truth is our weapon.)
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To: darkangel82

Just more sophist tripe. Probably chewed bubble gum while writing and smoked a joint afterward.


40 posted on 05/05/2010 12:27:07 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (We knew deep down it was this bad. Devour ugly truths with glee -- truth is our weapon.)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March; darkangel82

” Just more sophist tripe. Probably chewed bubble gum while writing and smoked a joint afterward “

As good of a guess as any.


41 posted on 05/05/2010 12:37:37 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Blackstone’s Commentaries on Citizenship
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2501693/posts

Revisiting Obama’s Selective Service Registration... Got Deferment!?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2502012/posts

How the Media Lied about Obama’s Birth Records [A.I.M. nails it.]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2495129/posts

Certifigate Recap [and following post]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2502009/posts?page=26#26


42 posted on 05/05/2010 12:46:04 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (We knew deep down it was this bad. Devour ugly truths with glee -- truth is our weapon.)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

And Obama can’t get it straight which
Hawaii hospital he was born in.

You wrote-
“Has Obama shown his birth certificate to Michelle yet?

She still thinks he was born in Kenya.”


43 posted on 05/05/2010 12:48:51 PM PDT by real_patriotic_american
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama did not release his birth certificate as the article indicates. He released an alleged forged COLB.


44 posted on 05/05/2010 12:51:20 PM PDT by real_patriotic_american
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The detritus spawned by the rise of the sonofabitch in the Offal Office ... scum who will lie for their demigod no matter what is explained to them.


45 posted on 05/05/2010 12:53:36 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: null and void; 2ndDivisionVet

46 posted on 05/05/2010 1:17:31 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Double your income... Fire the government)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

Not to mention the COLB is “evidence”, which is a lesser standard of “proof”.

Anyone can offer evidence, which needs to be futher substantiated.

Proof, in this matter, would consist of the long form which will offer proof (whether it confirms or denies popular belief) as there will be signatures (doctor, midwife, relative) of when and where the birth actually occured.


47 posted on 05/05/2010 1:26:34 PM PDT by NOVACPA
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To: NOVACPA
People seem to assume there is an authentic long form. The media scum have already started the release that there is no such document, trying to set up the excuse for Barry's failure to produce an authentic long form. When John Klein—head of CNN—posed the lie that all original documents were destroyed when the electronic process was established in Hawaii, then made poor feckless Lou Dobbs repeat the lie on air, it was clear that a cover lie was being produced in stages, to give the affirmative action sonofabitch criminal cover for his illegitimacy.

If an authentic long form existed, in Kenya or Canda, it has long since been destroyed by those who know they cannot afford the truth to surface of this criminal bastard and his handlers. There are literally trillions of dollars at stake for these criminals. Do you really believe they would allow something as simple as a long form thwart their criminal carbon scams?

48 posted on 05/05/2010 1:32:49 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

49 posted on 05/05/2010 1:40:26 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: real_patriotic_american

Obama did not release his birth certificate as the article indicates. He released an alleged forged COLB.


Alleged forgery is grounds for a Grand Jury investigation and a subpoena can be issued for the original birth documents. Hawaii laws allow a birth certificate to be released without the permission of the person named on the vital record to “a person with a valid court order from a court of competent jurisdiction.”
Any prosecuting attorney can subpoena Obama’s Certification of Live Birth to investigate forgery, alteration or tampering with expert testimony being taken under oath.


50 posted on 05/05/2010 2:07:37 PM PDT by jamese777
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